Western’s Board of Governors kicks off the year with big renovations

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Western’s Board of Governors hit the ground running with their first meeting of the 2016-2017 academic year, Thursday, Aug. 25 at 1:30 p.m. in Blum 220.

Vice President of Student Services, Shana Meyer gave a brief update on campus renovations. Including the remodel of the Center for Student Involvement and International Student Services offices, as well as renovations to Potter Hall. An open house is scheduled for Sept. 2, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., with an additional presentation at noon.

The board also unanimously voted to name the university’s newly renovated pool the Thomas Eagleton Indoor Pool. Dedicated to U.S. Senator Thomas Eagleton, who helped the university with a variety of campus renovations, including the installation of the pool over fifty years ago.

Missouri Western President Robert Vartabedian was enthusiastic about the board agreeing to dedicate the pool to the late senator, as the the new sign for the pool had already been installed.

“I’m glad you all agreed, because the letters are already up. I would have spent a lot of time tonight pulling those down,” Vartabedian joked.

After the discussion on the dedication of the pool, the board reaffirmed their ethics policy, defining the moral obligation to identify any personal conflicts of interest a board member may have throughout the year.

The board also welcomed Kim Sigrist as the president’s new executive associate and the new recording secretary of the board. Prior to taking on her new position in July, Sigrist worked as an administrative coordinator in Western’s Athletic Department.

Vice President of Financial Planning Cale Fessler presented a reevaluation of the university insurance plan that will  provide Western employees vision, dental and health care at a lower rate.

The university plans to switch their dental coverage from Blue Cross Blue Shield to MetLife, saving a little over two percent. The university health, vision and life insurance policies will remain the same.

The Missouri Western Board of Governors will meet again on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 1:30 p.m. in Blum 220.

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